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this human will can determine evil; it can meditate
the destruction of cities, civilisations and peoples; it
can behave in a manner that is known to be suicidal*
For much of the world the whole problem remains
almost where it was thousands of years ago. And
men who to-day make machines and know what the
stars are made of and can move mountains are almost
as helpless before it as their ancestors ever were in the
recorded past.

The twentieth century had run only a fraction of its
course when there opened a war that was to end-all
waħs, presumably by removing the last pocket of evil,
the special evil that was Germany. Not content to
limit, war or to localise it, as previous generations had
tried to do, and not content to prevent the next war from
coming just yet, it would have nothing less than the
abolition of war for ever; and no age went so high
in its international dreams. It transpires, however,
that our generation is not only peculiarly one of great
wars, but that now more than ever before in history we
must live with the possibility of war in mind. In the
devising of the apparatus of destruction our scientists
must take care not to be outstripped for a moment by
their colleagues in a country that may become our enemy.
Now all nerves must be stretched all the time and every
ruffling of the diplomatic waters must be a crisis. The
very means that we have taken to establish peace and
internationalism have made the situation worse, with
less foothold for hope than in the years before 1914.
Qnejhing we have not solved, and that is the vexed
problem of human relations. * "^"^